Miniature Decorating

I have been known to say, "If I could do it over again, I would have gone to school for Interior Design."  I just LOVE design and decorating.  My "go to" channel on the TV is none other than HGTV.  I will watch ANYTHING on that channel.  But, alas, we cannot turn back time and truth be told, I am very happy to be where I am and to decorate my house more than the average person and to bug the hubby to paint more often than he'd like.  :-) 

Imagine my utter elation when I stumbled upon this inspiration for a homemade dollhouse on Pinterest from Honest to Nod.  I happened to have a bookshelf shaped like a dollhouse that my MIL bought my second born when she was a toddler.  As of late, it has just been a "catch all" for odds and ends, not really serving its intended purpose.  SO, Mommy got a decorating project...and boy, did she have fun!  Who knew decorating in miniature could be so rewarding?

Like the inspiration, the wallpaper (aka scrapbook paper) is the show-stopper, I think.  These were all hand-picked by my client, my favorite and fabulous four year old, Emma.  Just hung with double-sided tape...such a great idea, because if she's anything like her mom, she'll want to change out the wallpaper often.  :-)

First up, the kitchen/dining room on the top.  This is actually the only area that I needed to purchase furniture for, so I found a Melissa and Doug set on Amazon for a reasonable price.

Oh, and I went crazy with my new Silhouette...crazy I tell you!  But, that was a huge part of the fun!  The utensils, the chandeliers, the furniture on the wall...all vinyl cut with the Silhouette.  It doesn't end there, trust me.  Those clocks you see on the wall, they are from Oriental Trading.  I bought them for a past project, and I am so glad I remembered that I had them.  There is a clock in every room, set to 6:15 pm...time picked by the client.  :-)

The floor in the kitchen was just done with acrylic black paint and painters tape.  Don't look too close, it is anything but precise.  Hehe

Heading down a floor, we come to the bedrooms.  The girls room on the left, the Master on the right.

The rest of the furniture in the house is from a little dollhouse Emma got when she was two.  You should see how small this house is...but, I think the furniture works in a house this size, too.  And, it's in great shape, and I won't be too worried if Avery (7 months) gets a hold of it.  More vinyl dressers and what's a girly room without a Girls Rule sign?  

And, this could be my most favorite part of the entire house...I printed tiny, tiny little pictures of the kids on the printer and then used the Silhouette to cut frames for them.  How cute are they??

The bottom floor houses the Living Room and Office/whatever room the client wants it to be.  

I even knit a throw blanket for the family...I am telling you, I was getting a little out of control! :-)
And, I couldn't leave the exterior bare...that would just be so wrong, seeing all of the hard work we did on the interior.  Curb appeal is important, am I right?  

I may add some bushes or flowers, but for now, this will do quite nicely.  

Now, you may notice there is no bathroom in the house...I thought long and hard about this, but I just could not fit the commode into the plans.  So, my answer to Emma's question, "but, where can they pee, Mommy?"  The outhouse of course!

It's easy to see this was a fun was awesome working with my little girl and making her happy.  Her eyes got big every time I would add something new.  I hope that she keeps this and that she and her sister have many years of blissful imaginative play with this.  I don't think I will ever be able to part with it.  

She likes it...she really, really likes it.

Monday Funday


angie @ the cellar door stories said...

very cute! you did a great job!

Tricia said...

This is adorable!

Jamie said...

Oh my word! That is just amazing! I bet she is having a blast with it!

Swapna said...

This is adorable! I love the interior design :) I have promised my daugther that the diaper fairy is bringing her a doll house when she's completely potty trained. I better get started on this gorgeous project you made.

Mama Jodi said...

I love this idea. Your choices of "wall paper" are so cute. You daughter is going to have so much fun with this...memories created through your thoughtful ideas. Perfect. Jodi @

Tutus & Tea Parties said...

This is super cute! I love that you knit a little blanket! So adorable!

Thank you for linking up to A Pinteresting Party! :) Hope to see you again!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

How cute! You did a fabulous job giving it its makeover.
Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse Party. I'll be featuring this tomorrow.

Amanda @ The Little Giggler said...

This is so incredibly adorable!! I love it!

Natalie Dixon said...

Love it! I might be borrowing your SIlhouette now! DO you just love it?? So you're happy you went with it! I'll have to show you the little things I got for the playhouse I'm working on- I'm SO excited to get to the decorating part! You did awesome! Just featured it on my Sunday Spotlights!

Karima said...

Wow - you did an amazing job!

Cheryl Kohan said...

This is an absolutely brilliant idea! I love it so much! I have a couple of little granddaughters who would be thrilled with this so I'm going to put this on my list of projects. Thanks!

All In The Same Boat said...

Beautiful! I have an old entertainment unit that I painted out and used for shelves for a while. I have been meaning to change it into a dollhouse/barbie house. It's quite a bit larger than the bookshelf but works in a playroom. Thanks for the inspiration (read: kick in the pants to remind me to get this started! LOL)

Korinne Wiese said...

This is so cute! It looks so nice and sturdy!

Margo said...

This is the cutest thing! I can see how it would be fun to decorate!

Pam Zirbel 'One Woman Creations' said...

omg!!! I cant stand how adorable this is!! Fantastic idea and your daughter...sooo smart!! cuz I hadnt noticed there wasnt a bathroom!!! LOL...well done!

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

You are in COM'S SSTS today, YAY! winks, jen

Melissa said...

This has to be the cutest miniature ever! My daughters would LOVE to play with this! Heck, I would love to play with this! You did a great job, thanks for linking up!

Katie said...

Great job on the house. It's probably nice too that it fits in the room like another piece of furniture. Thanks for linking up to the Piece of Cake Party!

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